It's important to note, this recap is based on the quarterbacks who impressed us with their Div I potential, not just those who had good weekends but don't project to the next level, at least not yet.
*There were several big time quarterbacks in attendance but the guy who we thought had the best weekend was Anaheim (Calif.) Servite's Travis Waller.
For those that have followed H.S football in California for a good length of time, back in the late 80s, Brunell was the third guy behind Brett Johnson (UCLA)/Todd Marinovich (USC) when people were debating who was the top guy in the Golden State. Brunell ended up at Washington and had a superior career in both college and the pros.
Waller just keeps getting better and oozes upside. He's still raw in so many areas and still learning the position but he made some physical plays in the pocket rolling out and some big throws down the field that were incredible. He's only scratching the surface of how good he can be and don't be shocked if down the road, he's the one everyone is talking about.
*Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake 2016 quarterback Malik Henry is generating a ton of buzz right now as well and it's definitely warranted. Much like how Rosen made a huge jump in is development following his sophomore year, Henry is doing the same and had another great weekend.
Henry has a big arm, is accurate with it and throws with touch as well. He showed nice field awareness, being able to find his second and third guy and can absolutely rip it in to tight spaces. His mobility also sets him apart and as he continues to refine a few things, the sky is the limit with him.
*One player who really impressed with his tools and physical upside was Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep quarterback Cameron Burston. There's plus arm strength and then there's elite arm strength and Burston falls in to the latter category.
He has an absolute cannon but is effortless with it and doesn't have to wind up or even strain to put major zip on his passes. He's mechanically solid and showed he has more than just a fastball, throwing some very nice touch passes and fades throughout the weekend.
Burston has a great frame as well, long and lean and will have no problems adding considerable size. He's athletic enough to play safety on his 7 on team and has some major upside to him. He's an early commitment to San Jose State and if the Spartans can hold on to him, they'll be getting a major steal and one of the biggest sleepers out West.
*Corona (Calif.) Santiago quarterback Blake Barnett got off to a slow start but had a strong Sunday. He showed his usual live arm and his receivers, at times, struggled to catch some very catchable balls because of the heat he was putting on it.
We still want to see Barnett continue to work on tightening his release but he can definitely throw the football. He has an ideal frame and is very mobile. He's a natural leader who never gets down on a teammate and looks like he truly enjoys playing the game. He'll be fun to watch over the spring/summer to see his continued development.
*Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill quarterback Kyle Kearns also had a nice weekend. Kearns is a natural leader and a gamer. He's a smart, cerebral kid who spins the football very well, throws the deep ball on time and with accuracy, is highly competitive and deserving of more recruiting attention.
*Upland (Calif.) quarterback Tyler Hilinski always does a great job leading his team on the 7 on 7 circuit and once again had his team in the semi-finals. Hilinski is the definition of a game manager and we mean that as a positive. He's extremely smart, always seems to make the right read and throws on time with very good anticipation.
*Long Beach Poly (Calif.) quarterback Josh Love has made steady progress since about mid-way of this past season. He's very efficient with a quick release and can put the ball in tight windows. His accuracy and decision making should help his recruitment pick up over the coming spring evaluation period.
*Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman quarterback Danny Hong has good size and accuracy but needs to keep working on throwing a tighter ball. When he spins it, he looks good, but sometimes his ball comes out a little waffly, which affects his accuracy and zip.
*Los Angels (Calif.) Cathedral quarterback M.C. Poe is still growing in to his body but he had some bright moments. He threw some nice deep balls but is smart enough to know when to check down. He's play with a high football IQ and understands the position. His arm strength is improving and he's one to watch the rest of the spring/summer.
*Two more underclassmen we liked were Santa Margarita (Calif.) quarterback K.J. Costello and Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro's Devon Modster.
Costello is a big kid with a big down field arm. He needs to work on his consistency and decision making but he should make a big jump this spring as he plays in more events. Modster, younger brother of Boise State receiver Sean Modster, has a strong body and a very live arm. Like with Costello, just being more consistent and accurate on some of the deep balls will be big for him but he made some very nice throws and the potential is definitely there for him.
*Of course we can't do a quarterback recap without mentioning the aforementioned Town/Rosen, the two guys rated No. 1 and 2 in the nation. Both players were solid this weekend but alternated with other quarterbacks and went out early in the Sunday knock out rounds so we didn't see as much of them as the other quarterbacks.
Town looked good, better than he did at the NIKE Camp and the ball came out of his hand with a little more pop. He suffered from some drops, we counted six in one game, and he missed a few throws we know he would love to have back but overall, it was a solid performance.
Rosen actually did as much coaching as he did playing. He was playing with his H.S team and called the plays for his team in one game. Rosen is so smooth and polished and the ball really jumps out of his hand. He can make the deep outs with great timing and accuracy and even in limited viewing he solidified his lofty reputation.